SCMP carries Abhijit Singh’s article “India’s South China Sea policy has not changed. Now, as before, there’s no appetite to challenge China” that stresses that India does not want to challenge China.
The US wants India to join its quad to support its the Indo-Pacific strategy to contain China especially in Southeast Asia and lots of media have tried to make readers believe that India would join the US in challeging China. However, the article says that there are three reasons India will not abandon its policy of non-intervention in security affairs of Southeast Asia.
First, India is not party to the maritime territorial disputes in the region as it has no interests or rights there.
Second, India knows China’s position of strength there.
Third, India is keen to preserve its “Wuhan consensus” that Beijing will respect India’s sphere of influence in the Indian Ocean in the same way that Delhi will respect Beijing’s in Southeast Asia.
Moreover, according to the article media reports on India’s energy stakes in the South China Sea is misleading as India’s stake in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zones are not significant.
However, the source of water for India’s major river the Ganges is the Yarlung Zangbo in China’s Tibet. China is able to divert water from the river to its desert in Xinjiang and greatly reduce the water in the Ganges.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s article, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3026729/indias-south-china-sea-policy-has-not-changed-now-theres-no.
The Tarim River is Chian’s longest inland river. Due to excessive use of its water, its lower reach dried in 1972. China has been making great efforts to conserve water to revive the river. China Daily’s article “Xinjiang discharges reservoir water in another effort to revive Tarim River” yesterday says that Xinjinag has injected water from Daxihaizi Reservoir into the river 20 times.
However, the source of water for the reservoir is limited so that the areas along the river have remained desert. If enough water is drawn from the Yarlung Zangbo River, Tibet to the Tarim, China may turn world second largest desert along the river, the Taklimakan Desert, into farm land.
The desert, bigger than half France will be able to provide agricultural goods more than enough for China’s own need. China will be able to compete with the US in exporting agricultrual products.
That will be a very expensive great project worthwhile for China to do.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on China Daily’s article, full text of which can be viewed at www.chinadailyglobal.com/a/201908/29/WS5d672d31a310cf3e35568820.html.